Power Rankings Week 11; Rock Still on Top

Another exciting week of lacrosse action.   Buffalo splits with Toronto and almost steals a sweep, Swarm lose both and fall further in the east, while Calgary gets loss number 8 and playoff hopes start to dwindle.  Two big division games this weekend, a game with division leaders and a game that can put teams back into the playoff race.


NLL Power Rankings   Week 11



(1)….1—Toronto Rock (10-2)  Just when you thought the Rock couldn’t be stopped, they were. Friday night Toronto was outscored 7-1 in the final quarter and fell 15-12.  But this was a weekend of home-home. Toronto rebounded Saturday night, but barely.  The Rock won in overtime 12-11 to earn a split, and show why they are the best in the league.  The Rock host Edmonton Saturday 7:30pm.


(2)….2—Rochester Knighthawks (7-3)   Without watching the game, if you were to hear Cody Jamieson and Dan Dawson recorded 2 assists each, you would think the Knighthawks lost.  That wasn’t the case Saturday as the Knighthawks defeated Calgary 13-7, powered by an 8-1 run. That’s 5 in a row.  Joe Walters led the way with 2 goals and 5 assists, and Aaron Wilson back in the lineup registered 2 goals and 3 assists.  Rochester will have this week off and face the Rush on March 28th.


(3)….3—Edmonton Rush (5-4) Losing streak over.  Edmonton Rush decimated the Stealth 19-7.  Setting a team record in goals, Also out shooting the Stealth 65-36.  Robert Church (3G/3A), Melnyk (4G/1A), Mark Matthews (4G/5A).  The win gives Edmonton sole possession of first.  Edmonton travels to Toronto for a game Saturday 7:30pm.


(4)….4—Buffalo Bandits (6-6)  Coming into this weekend, Buffalo at the very least needed a split.  A big victory Friday night 15-12 fueled by a 7-1 fourth quarter.  On Saturday they almost had the sweep, but fell in overtime 12-11.  If anything they restored a lot of confidence.  This weekend split could be the push Buffalo needs with six games to go.  Buffalo hosts Minnesota on Saturday 7:30pm.


(6)….5—Colorado Mammoth (5-5) A busy week for the Mammoth. They acquire Jeremy Noble from Rochester and in his first game registers (2G/5A) to help Colorado to a 12-8 win.  John Grant Jr., (2G/5A), Drew Westervelt (2G/4A) and Adam Jones (4G/1A) powered the offense.  Colorado now faces Vancouver the next two weekends. This week they travel to Vancouver for a Saturday game 10pm.


(5)….6—Vancouver Stealth (4-5)  Vancouver was bombed by the Rush 19-7. Completely outplayed on both sides of the ball. Outshot 65-36, loose balls 65-52.  They hold a slim 2 game lead for the final spot in the west.  Vancouver plays Colorado the next two weekends. This Saturday at home 10pm.


(9)….7—New England Black Wolves (3-5)  After not playing the last 19 days, the Black Wolves returned and fought their way to a 10-9 win over the Swarm.  Joel White, Mark Cockerton and Jamie Lincoln each scored twice, while Kevin Crowley was held scoreless until 1:09 left as he fired in the game winner.  New England is 1 game out of the final playoff spot behind Buffalo, and have 4 games in hand. Black Wolves travel to Calgary Friday night 9pm.


(8)….8—Calgary Roughnecks (2-8)  After winning 2 of last 3 things started to look up, but this week Rochester cam to town and handed Calgary a 13-7 defeat. The  Rochester defense shut down Dickson, Shattler and Dobbie to zero goals and 4 assists.  Mike Poulin struggled again stopping 20/30 shots in 46 minutes.  Calgary is 2.5 games behind Vancouver for the final playoff spot with 8 to go. Wins are a must.  Calgary hosts New England, Friday 9pm.


(7)….9—Minnesota Swarm (3-7)   Swarm needed to get a split this weekend but didn’t get it and fell further away from the playoff race. Saturday night a 10-9 loss to New England, and a 12-8 defeat to Colorado putting their losing streak to 5.  Road doesn’t get easier as the Swarm will buzz into Buffalo Saturday 7:30pm.